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Louisiana State Board of Education, Bought and Paid For; Ravitch Blog

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'It is  hard to believe that a state legislature would seize control of a school district and remove its elected school board from office. When did Republicans become diehard enemies of local control? It has become clear that the state has no ideas about how to help low-scoring districts. None. How can Ohio legislators and the Governor allow this despicable process to come to fruition? HB 70 was enacted in less than 24 hours with no public input. The legislature could repeal HB 70 in less than 24 hours.  They responded to low test scores in Youngstown by imposing state control of the district. Needless to say, the state did not have a clue about how to improve the schools, so the state is now replacing the powerless elected local board with mayoral control.Jan Resseger writes here about this absurd turn of events. '

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I began my series about the 15,880 school systems under attack by the legislative takeoversof local school boards, because I follow The Ravitch blog which is a treasure if you want up-to the-minute news on the war on public education.. Everyone should follow her posts. Just put legislative takeovers in the search field and discover the way our public schools are being destroyed.

Her latest book lays out what we must do. "Slaying Goliath "THE PASSIONATE RESISTANCE TO PRIVATIZATION AND THE FIGHT TO SAVE AMERICA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Dr Ravitch is one of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States.

The NPE, which Dr. Ravitch founded is the other reliable place for FACTS about our public schools,. Newsletters - Network For Public Education ,. OUR CITIZENS need a reliable place for news about EDUCATION & PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

Don't miss Asleep at the Wheel: - Network For Public Education

Also, if you wish to know how this began...don't miss her book:

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools.

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As the state legislatures take over the local school boards, the confusion regarding the need for public schools is exacerbated by such OPINIONS stated as facts!

Local school boards in the 15,880 separate school systems, allowed parents to participate in providing the schools with the ESSENTIAL LEARNING materials that make it possible for a child to learn. This local control, is the 'government' by the people, for the people, and has nothing to do with "indoctrination."

Moreover, the present culture in our society is creating the much of the problems we see among our children. It ain't the schools! It IS the unintended consequences of this new era, where information technology (tv and the internet) has replaced the beneficial VALUES that were once offered by family, community, religion and the wisdom of those who know what matters. Kids get all they know about behavior from outside the schools.

If teachers had a say in inculcating values that are valuable, they could immerse children in the literature and stories that show how humans really thrive.

But, with the takeover of the local boards by state legislatures, comes the mandates for curricula that removes all autonomy from the one person who faces that human child for 10 months.

That is the kind of 'government' control of education that is ending the profession, so that no longer can an experienced professional, who KNOWS WHAT LEARNING LOOKS LIKE plan to meet the objectives for genuine learning, for enabling and facilitating CRITICAL THINKINg" something required to succeed in doing ANY job.

With nary an educator on board these state 'government' entities are corrupt to the core, and after de-funding education to create massive failure the state legislatures gave the schools. over to the private sector; the 'marketization of education' enriched the hedge funds and privateers.

GENUINE Teachers and AUTHENTIC schools doNOT indoctrinate our young people as they do in North Korea, China, and in the Madrases of Saudia Arabia. Education and shared knowledge is the BEDROCK of DEMOCRACY. Shared knowledge that MAKES DEMOCRACY POSSIBLE.

An ignorant citizenry is the goal, not just the profit made by the businesses that take over our schools. You cannot have an educated citizenry and elect a Trump. THAT is why the power-elite who own this country have demolished education, and now spread their propaganda. Orwell is turning over in his grave!

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